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Maine Grass Farmers Network - Annual Grazing Conference

Maine Beef Producers Association and Maine  Grass Farmers Network present

10th Annual Grazing Conference

March 15, 2014

KVCC, Fairfield ME

Online Registration

8:30-9:15 Registration / Trade show
9:15-9:30 Welcome with Gabe Clark President MGFN
9:30-10:30 Keynote: Forrest Pritchard “Economics of Grass Based Livestock Systems”                             A professional farmer, writer and public speaker, Pritchard holds degrees in English and Geology from William and Mary. His farm, Smith Meadows, has been featured on NPR and the Washington Post. One of the first “grass finished” farms in the country, Smith Meadows has sold at leading farmers’ markets in Washington DC for 15 years. His book Gaining Ground, A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm was named a Top Ten Book by Publishers Weekly, Washingtonian and NPR’s The Splendid Table.
10:30-10:45 Break

10:45- noon

Concurrent sessions

A. Balancing nutrition in forage based systems….how to interpret your forage analysis and use it! Rick Kersbergen UMaine

B. Aggregating meat sales to reach institutional markets, Carole Soule Miles Smith Farm in NH –

C.  Opportunities for Multi-species grazing, Forrest Pritchard (see above)

Noon-1:00 Lunch and Networking
1:00-1:15 MGFN Business Meeting
1:15-2:30Concurrent sessions A. Double Duty…Cover crops as forages, Kirsten Workman and Jeff Carter (UVM Extension)The Champlain Valley Crop, Soil & Pasture Team will share their experiences and results from their on-farm demonstration and research projects.  This presentation will focus on the use of cover crop mixtures and summer annuals as forage crops and how they might fit into a grazing system to provide grazing forage during the early spring, summer slump and fall.  The team has been working with small grains, legumes, brassicas, and warm season summer annuals in no-till and tilled situations and have lots of information to share, including how their no-till grain drills have been used in pasture situations and what farmers are finding works (and doesn’t).B. “You can’t do that here…or maybe you can” Stockpiling winter forages and bale grazing” - Ben Hartwell, Sebago Lake Ranch
2:30-3:00 Break/ networking and Trade Show
3:00-4:00Concurrent sessions A. Developing successful grass based sheep operations in the Northeast, Seth Kroek, Crystal Springs Farm and Joe Emenheiser, UVM Livestock SpecialistB. Four seasons fencing solutions, troubleshooting & new technology, Ben Hartwell, Ben Fencin’C.  Understanding Lime Sources…what are your options for raising Soil pH?  Mark Hutchinson, University of Maine
$75   1st person registration & lunch
$25   Additional people – EACH
$25   Student registration – 18 years and younger – discounts do not apply to students
$25   MGFN membership  -  join and use member discount below now!
$35   MBPA membership  -  join and use member discount below now!

- $15 DISCOUNT – Current MGFN or MBPA member discount


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Contact Information

Cooperative Extension: Livestock
5741 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5741
Phone: 207.581.3188, 800.287.0274 (in Maine) or 800.287.8957 (TDD)E-mail:
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Orono, Maine 04469
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